You know how we all bemoaned the freshman fifteen as the bane of our body-conscious collegiate existence? Well, it turns out the freshman fifteen ain’t got nothin’ on the startup twenty. Between the late nights, the stress-fueled snacking and the nearly nonstop networking, I’ve managed to not only help build a company over the past few years, but also grow my waistline quite a bit as well.
Which is why, after a lot of failed attempts at staring down the scale on my own, I recently decided to start Weight Watchers. For the past month or so, I’ve been doing WW quietly. Surreptitiously counting points, and only cluing in my closest confidants about why I was suddenly opting for half portions of some foods and saying no entirely to others. Turns out that this approach, while better for my ego, is not all that great for my willpower. To be totally honest, I kind of suck at sticking to the plan on my own. Let alone staying strong when faced with actual temptation.
But, since I am determined not to go through the rest of my life feeling like a skinny person wearing a fat girl suit, I’ve resolved to get serious about my own commitment to Weight Watchers. And to open up to you, my friends and followers, in the hope that you’ll be willing to help — or at least not judge me too harshly when I pull ‘oh-so-LA’ moves like asking for half my dinner to be preportioned into a to-go box, or declining that third drink in favor of club soda.
The reality is, starting a serious weight loss program is a lot like starting up a company. It’s rigorous, trying, exhausting and — hopefully — ultimately rewarding enough to make up for all of that. It also can’t be done without a team to support it.
So, my friends, here’s where things get serious. I need your help to make these changes, and make sure they stick. Which means I might start asking to swap a happy hour for a hike, bringing lower points options to our dinner parties, trying to split an entrée instead of ordering the whole thing, and being obnoxiously nitpicky about what I expend my precious points on. I promise I won’t turn into one of those annoying LA diet freaks who can only talk about how virtuous my salad is. But I may also have to gently remind you that what might be a good or bad choice for you isn’t the same for me — especially since the Weight Watchers system is about points, not calories.
At the same time, because I’m a masochist (and also because I recently spent some time with a couple of vegan friends who reminded me of why I chose to be a vegetarian for so many years as a teen), I’ve also committed to significantly cutting down on my meat consumption. Now, I won’t say no to the occasional charcuterie platter or slice of my mom’s mouthwatering brisket, but I will be relegating meat to special occasion status, and trying to steer clear of it entirely during the daytime (a la one of my culinary idols Mark Bittman). This is both a health decision and an ethical one. There are numerous studies and stats that show excessive meat consumption is a leading contributor to global warming and a drain on our planet’s precious resources, not to mention a good way to develop all sorts of health and weight problems. Now, I know that by still eating some meat and continuing to eat a lot of fish, I’m not being nearly as conscientious as I could be if I were to go totally vegan. But, in my opinion, doing something is better than doing nothing, and this is the something that is sustainable for my current lifestyle.
So, now that you know the most intimate details of my newly formed, hopefully soon-to-actually-be-habitual eating habits, I sincerely hope that you can help me along the way. I need all the support that I can get if I’m going to make these changes stick. And you, friends and followers, are the best support system I know. Here’s hoping that with your help I can finally show the startup twenty who’s boss.
Lots of love (and thank you in advance),